Do read thishttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/colum ... -home.html
When did DC start his leadership campaign ? Six weeks before The General Election in 2005 ?
Did he want Michael Howard to lose badly ?
Howard could have got another 40-50 seats. He was on the same vote as New Labour and bigger total vote in England. A better campaign and he was in hung Parliament territory and staying as Leader. Did Cameron really help or hinder the General Election Campaign. We now know he was not a Tory like Howard.
DD did not help himself when it was his to have. But there was something very odd about the media spin.
DD was the clear frontrunner and had by far the most MPs in support until the speeches. Cameron was zero content but without notes, walking around, and had a bit of apparent youth and oomph. DD seemed on mogodon, as though he was a boxer drugged before the fight. His speech had content but it seemed lacklustre.
Cameron's media mates in TV raced around after his speech saying on live TV that Cameron had wowed the Conference. The PR spin held.
Do try to quote one line from the speech. Hard isn't it ?
The other three contestants gave better speeches than Cameron and in Ken Clark's case he had a much much much bigger live TV audience. But no follow up PR spin so no great media headlines. This wobbled MPs.
Cameron's cronies did swing it for him, he still was far behind on first round of MP votes but had momentum. Fox and David divided their vote and in second round Cameron squeezed ahead. At this stage DD just gave up...the six week hustings were a total waste. No real questions, no real fight. DD had conceded before the 6 week saga.
Almost as if witchcraft was at play...DD blew it in the speech and failure to get real PR in place to spin his speech.
But even [b]excellent reporters like Chris Moncrieff thought DD seemed "disinterested" during his speech
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/eu ... 73195.html
"But should one duff speech, delivered with seeming total disinterest, be enough to rob a man of the chance to lead the party? Is not that being a bit harsh on him?
Well, no, it isn't. Davis well knew that this was probably the most crucial speechof his political career so far. He might at least have sounded interested in what he was saying.
And he might also have demonstrated a bit of passion. The rafters in the Winter Gardens at Blackpool did not even tinkle, never mind ring resoundingly. And the roof remained firmly in place.
Making speeches is not just a by-product of being a politician. It is what they do.They get on their hind legs, as Enoch Powell used to say,to convince people of the rightness of their viewsand to persuade them to adopt that course".
Big BIG mistake to pick DC over DD but the Tories did.
They thought he was a true blue and did not realise he wanted them all out of the Party so lefties could take over.
Do read this.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/colum ... -home.html